Mr. Katz has more than twenty years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases involving breach of contract, employee defection and recruitment, trade secrets misappropriation, restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-piracy agreements), employment agreements, EEOC charges, State and Federal securities laws, real estate, shareholder disputes, State and Federal RICO, mergers and acquisitions, the Uniform Commercial Code (including Articles 2, 3, and 4), health care, and general business disputes.
Mr. Katz regularly handles “business divorces” involving allegations of unfair competition, misuse of confidential information, employee breaches of fiduciary duties, and interference with contractual and business relations.
Mr. Katz has represented publicly traded, private companies, and financial institutions against former employees, employees against their former employers, and competing businesses against one another. During his career, Mr. Katz served as first and second chair in a number of jury and non-jury trials throughout the country. Mr. Katz has also successfully represented clients in appellate matters before both State and Federal courts of appeals.
In addition to traditional litigation, Mr. Katz is proficient in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. He also spends a good deal of time advising clients on how to best avoid or limit their exposure to litigation, including assistance with reviewing and drafting employee handbooks and personnel policies.
In his free time, Mr. Katz enjoys cheering on his son’s 643 DP 16U travel baseball team and his daughter’s TopHat U13 SCCL team. Mr. Katz also enjoys volunteering at Temple Sinai and playing in the Ultimate Tennis and ALTA tennis leagues. Mr. Katz lives in Sandy Springs with his wife, Melinda, and his children, Josh and Rachel.
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, 1999
Juris Doctor with Honors
Dean’s List, Order of Emory Advocates, Lamar Inn of Court, Georgia Intrastate Team member, Moot Court Society, Student Legal Services case worker, Moot Court Review Board; Highest Grade: Products Liability, Intermediate Civil Litigation, Real Estate Sales
Duke University, Durham, NC
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1996
T.W. Minah Scholarship recipient, Helen Roberson Oliver Scholarship recipient, Dean’s List, Chi Psi Fraternity
Katz Litigation Group, LLC, Atlanta, GA
Founder and Managing Member, April 2011 – present
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Atlanta, GA
Member in Business Litigation Practice Group,
January 2009 – March 2011
Associate in Business Litigation Practice Group,
January 2000 – December 2008
Associate in Corporate & Securities Practice Group,
September 1999 – December 1999
Summer Associate, Summer 1998
The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA
Legal Intern, 1998
Robles & Gonzalez, Miami, FL
Law Clerk, Summer 1997
Honors and Recognitions
Mr. Katz was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in business and commercial litigation from 2006 to 2013. He was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer in business and commercial litigation in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Mr. Katz is admitted to practice in the following courts:
- Georgia State and Superior Courts
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Georgia Supreme Court
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
Mr. Katz is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.